Stephen is Director of Music of St. Edward’s School, Cheltenham and Organist of Clifton Cathedral. He was educated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and whilst in the sixth-form he was Organ Scholar at Newcastle Cathedral. He moved to Manchester University to read music, during which time he studied the organ with Gordon Stewart, directed several choirs and orchestras as well as being Organ Scholar at Blackburn Cathedral. After graduating he completed a PGCE course before initially teaching in Liverpool. In 1999 he moved to Bristol and has since taught in two of the independent schools within the city.
In September 2006, he was appointed Director of Music of St. Edward’s School, Cheltenham, where he is responsible for the direction of the music both academically and within the extensive extra-curricular framework. He conducts the school’s choirs and orchestras in their extensive programme of concerts and services, including visits to Tewkesbury Abbey and Clifton Cathedral as well as touring across Europe. The many significant performances he has directed include ‘The Snowman’ (playing live with the movie), Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and the world première of a specially commissioned mass setting by Ian Higginson, ‘Missa Sancti Eduarde’.
Stephen has been Organist of Clifton Cathedral since September 2000, a post he combines with his full-time teaching position. He has undertaken various recordings, broadcasts and tours with the cathedral choir, including broadcasting live on BBC1 as well as various broadcasts on BBC Radio 4. He is in demand as an organist, having already performed throughout the UK, Europe and America. He was a prizewinner at the Oundle International Summer School and a finalist in the Royal College of Organists’ Performer of the Year competition in 2002.